Mission teams earn provincial glory

Trio of medals for Mission Minor Hockey

For the second straight year, the Mission Stars Bantam A1s are Tier 3 provincial champions.

The Stars clinched another banner with a dramatic 2-1 win over the host team Nelson on March 21 in the provincial final.

Mission got goals from Gavin Gill and Ethan Seltin in the first period, but Nelson drew within one before the period was over. Stars goalie Jo Kuchasto then shut the door for the rest of the game to ensure the win. He made 19 saves in the victory.

The provincial title win capped off a dominant several days of action for the Bantam A1s in Nelson, as they opened the tournament on March 18 with a 9-0 win over Greater Trail. They then downed Cranbrook 13-2 on March 19, defeated Powell River 6-3 on March 20 and beat Penticton 3-1 earlier on March 21 to advance to the final.

The Mission Stars Midget A1s also had a strong showing at their Tier 3 provincials, but came up short to earn silver. The club fell 3-1 to Powell River in the provincial final in West Vancouver on March 21.

The Stars opened with a 6-1 over Dawson Creek on March 18, tied Terrace 4-4 and then beat West Vancouver 7-2 on March 19, blanked Cranbrook 3-0 on March 20 and then defeated Squamish 4-3 earlier on March 21.

The Midget A2s earned provincial bronze after blanking Vanderhoof 4-0 during the bronze-medal game in Houston on March 21.

The club struggled early at the event, falling 6-2 to Chase and then playing to a 2-2 tie with Houston on March 18. Mission then lost 6-5 to Vanderhoof on March 19 and lost 5-0 to Houston on March 20.

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